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this might be our favorite thing we’ve ever seen 05.28.2013

We’re not sure if we could love anything more than this rainbow, abstract painting on the exterior of a church in Washington, DC!!!

Artist, Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, first made a name for himself as a graffiti artist and his work grew into the realm of public art, grants, commissions, and cross-media connections which have landed him local, national and international public art projects. Brewer developed his skill for graffiti in the mid to late ‘90s and early 2000s.

We couldn’t describe his work better than this: “HENSE’s manic marks, scribbles, drips and splashes produce an agitated tangle of shapes, symbols and figures that offer the viewer a unique and strangely peaceful platform for the eyes and mind. His slick stylizing may send observers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, perturbed to peaceful, angry to inspired, always travelling at the command of the individual’s own subconscious collection of experiences.”

Ted Elmore – RVA News

{all images from HENSE’s website}

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  1. Uncle Beefy

    Gah!!! JOYOUS!!!

    May 28, 2013 7:03 am
  2. Rhaynelina Estevez

    Wow, amazing! Never seen something like this…

    May 28, 2013 9:50 am
  3. Josephine Kimberling

    LOVE this!!!!

    May 28, 2013 3:00 pm
  4. ampersand

    we know, we know!!! so glad you guys think this is as incredible as we do!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2013 4:56 pm
  5. Sarah York

    This is amazing!!!! Would love to see it in person. I wonder what the neighbors think? Love!

    May 28, 2013 9:02 pm
  6. Anne Brent

    I want to go to there. His paintings are amazing too, like Rothko, Pollock and Rosenquist got together for a good ole crazy time. Want!

    May 29, 2013 3:57 pm
  7. julie

    I agree! I’ve been following Hense for a while and this is just so amazing!! I can’t imagine how he keeps the spontaneity in his work at such a large scale…truly amazing!
    ps I love your work :)

    May 12, 2014 3:52 pm

Playing with Type book 03.20.2013

Look mom, we’ve been published!!!!!

Our set of ampersand prints have been featured in the book, Playing with Type by Lara McCormick!!! Ahhhhh. We were literally squealing when we got this in the mail!! We’re honored to be a part of a such a cool book and highly recommend you guys all check it out! Here’s a little description from Rockport Publishing:

Playing with Type is a hands-on, playful approach to learning type application and principles. This engaging guide begins with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play. Along with a series of experimental design projects with an emphasis on type, the author provides designers with a “toolkit” of ideas and skills developed through the process of play. The awareness and sensitivity to type styles, forms, and type choices gained through these visual experiments will increase the designer’s confidence in their personal and professional work. This book can be used in the classroom or independently, and readers can go directly to exercises that appeal to them.”

Pick up a copy and look for us on pg. 31!

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Valentine’s Day: gifts for her 02.07.2013

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and we’ve got some ideas for the lovely ladies out there! We can’t get enough hearts into our lives so we had to include a handful here (including a shameless plug for our own print).

1. C’est Tout screenprint 2. Je t’aime pendant 3. You’re Awesome Card 4. Collection Baby Cashmere Blanket in Heart Me, 5. Hearts Aflutter Cuff Bracelet 6. Removable Wallpaper in Hearts Apart

  1. Jane

    I love that baby blanket, but I’m not a baby, and I don’t have a baby. I’d still get it for somethin’.


    February 11, 2013 4:49 pm
    • ampersand

      Jane! We are with you. We just want that blanket for ourselves! Plus, if there’s no baby involved, you don’t have to worry about spit-up. ha!

      February 11, 2013 5:36 pm

Bookshelf: ABC3D by Marion Bataille 02.06.2013

Over Christmas, I (Carrie) was the lucky recipient of this amazing book, ABC3D from my Aunt and Uncle and I fell in love immediately! It is a designer’s dream, full of witty typography! It’s just really clever. My aunt found it in LA at the very cool shop, Nucleus Gallery. Unfortunately, it looks like it is out of stock there, but it is available here. And, for the full effect, check out this little video of the book in action: ABC3D video

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  1. Lindsey

    I’m a photographer, maybe I could make one of these with little people reaching up like ” take my photooooo”…

    February 6, 2013 8:53 pm